Mark Igloliorte: Artist Talk

raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000 - 2015)
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 2:00pm

Saturday, November 4, 2017
2 p.m.

Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. W. (Ground Floor)

Free

Mark Igloliorte, an exhibiting artist in Onsite Gallery's exhibition, raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000-2015), will speak about his art practice.

Mark Igloliorte’s practice combines traditional and contemporary concerns. Of Inuit descent on his father’s side, Igloliorte was raised primarily in Goose Bay, Labrador, where he hunted, fished and snowmobiled; a later move to Corner Brook in his adolescence saw him take up skateboarding. All these activities, both their formal qualities and their cultural resonances, inform his work, which comprises painting, drawing, sculpture and video. Igloliorte received his BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and his MFA from Concordia University.

Igloliorte has shown at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Quebec Triennial at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and nationally as part of the touring exhibition “Beat Nation.” In 2012, he was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award. His work has been shown nationally and internationally with work of international contemporary artists: Francis Alys, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Peter Doig, Peter Fischli and David Weiss. Further, Igloliorte has been profiled in features by Canadian Art Magazine and Inuit Art Quarterly.

 

raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000 - 2015)
Curated by Ryan Rice, Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture, OCAD U

Barry Ace, Sonny Assu, Carl Beam, Christi Belcourt, Rebecca Belmore, Christian Chapman, Dana Claxton, Ruth Cuthand, Wally Dion, David Garneau, Tanya Harnett, Faye HeavyShield, Greg A. Hill, Mark Igloliorte, Jimmy Iqaluq, Elisapee Ishulutaq, Alex Janvier, Piona Keyuakjuk, Myra Kukiiyaut, Rachelle Lafond, Jim Logan, Kayley Mackay, Qavavau Manumie, Ohotaq Mikkigak, Lisa Myers, Nadia Myre, Marianne Nicolson, Lionel Peyachew, Tim Pitsiulak, Annie Pootoogook, Barry Pottle, Pitaloosie Saila and Tania Willard.

raise a flag presents selected works from a national heritage collection representing First Nations, Inuit and Métis art. Housed in Ottawa, managed by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the Indigenous Art Collection is one of the most important and comprehensive art collections of contemporary Indigenous art in Canada and beyond. In light of and in tandem with Canada’s 150 commemorations, raise a flag represents alternative discourses and uncovers missing narratives from the framework of a national identity. The works in raise a flag focus on recent acquisitions, obtained from 2000 to 2015, which chronicle recent significant national narratives reflecting upon Canadian heritage, diversity and collective memory.

Onsite Gallery
Onsite Gallery, located at 199 Richmond St. W., is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. On view at the gallery are two inaugural exhibitions in our new expanded space: raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000-2015)and For This Land: Inside Elemental.

 

Image credit: Mark Igloliorte, Untitled, 2008 oil on canvas 91.5 x 396 cm. Collection of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x265
Cost: 
Free
Mark Igloliorte, Untitled, 2008 oil on canvas 91.5 x 396 cm. Collection of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

imagineNATIVE Art Crawl Kick-Off

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 5:00pm

imagineNATIVE's Art Crawl Kick-Off

Friday, October 20
5 p.m.

Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
Co-presented with imagineNATIVE Media + Arts Festival

This year's Art Crawl kicks off at Onsite Gallery, with a talk by Jackson 2bears and Janet Rogers of 2Ro Media, the creators of the exhibition For This Land: Inside Elemental. The Art Crawl continues in the historic 401 Richmond building and will end with a special performance off-site at Wallace Studios.

Full event details, schedule and list of galleries here.

 

For This Land: Inside Elemental
Presented with community partner imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
On view at Onsite Gallery from September 15 to December 10, 2017

For this Land: Inside Elemental is part of a multi-project series by 2Ro Media,  comprised of Jackson 2bears and Janet Rogers—both Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) artists from Six Nations of the Grand River. The artists, who currently live outside their traditional territory, produce work collaboratively about ‘returning home’, which typically involves creating site-specific narratives using video, sound, poetry, performance and multi-media installation.

With Inside Elemental, the artists engage in a series of conversations with the Kana:ta Village on traditional Haudenosaunee territory in order to create an immersive multimedia installation using sound, video, performance and digital languages. Inside Elemental is an exploration of the internalization of one’s traditional territory, and in general about how external environments are deeply intertwined with identity, self-understanding, and the interiority of personal and collective experience.

Jackson 2bears is a Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) multimedia installation/performance artist and cultural theorist originally from Six Nations of the Grand River. He is currently based in Lethbridge, Alberta. Since 1999, 2bears has exhibited his work extensively across Canada in public galleries, museums and artist-run centres, as well as internationally, in festivals and in group exhibitions.

Janet Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River. She was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has lived in Stoney Creek, Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario. She has been living as a guest on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people in Victoria, British Columbia, since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music. Janet is also a radio broadcaster, a documentary producer, and a media and sound artist.

imagineNATIVE Media + Arts Festival
imagineNATIVE is the international centre for Indigenous-made media arts. Through year-round presentation, promotion and professional development activities, it is committed to a greater understanding by audiences of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and artistic expressions.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
Cost: 
Free
Janet Rogers performance at Onsite Gallery, September 16 2017

Grand Opening of the new Onsite Gallery

After many months of intensive planning, preparation and construction, OCAD U's new flagship public gallery, Onsite Gallery is opening at 199 Richmond St. W. The Gallery will be a showcase for national and international contemporary art, design and new media and a welcoming social space for diverse communities.

Lisa Myers: Artist Talk

raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000 - 2015)
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 7:00pm

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
7 p.m.

Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. W. (Ground Floor)

Free

Lisa Myers, an exhibiting artist in Onsite Gallery's exhibition, raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000-2015), will speak about her art practice.

Lisa Myers is an independent curator, artist and educator. Her recent work involves printmaking, stop-motion animation and performance. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial practice from OCAD University. Since 2010 Myers has worked with anthocyanin pigment from blueberries in printmaking, and animation. Her participatory performances involve social gatherings where sharing berries and other food help reflect on place and displacement, and processes of straining and absorbing. She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in venues including Urban Shaman (Winnipeg), Art Gallery of Peterborough and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her writing has been published in exhibition publications in addition to the journal Senses and Society, C Magazine and FUSE Magazine. She is currently an Assistant Lecturer in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. Myers is a member of Beausoleil First Nation and she is based in Port Severn and Toronto, Ontario.

 

raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000 - 2015)
Curated by Ryan Rice, Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture, OCAD U

Barry Ace, Sonny Assu, Carl Beam, Christi Belcourt, Rebecca Belmore, Christian Chapman, Dana Claxton, Ruth Cuthand, Wally Dion, David Garneau, Tanya Harnett, Faye HeavyShield, Greg A. Hill, Mark Igloliorte, Jimmy Iqaluq, Elisapee Ishulutaq, Alex Janvier, Piona Keyuakjuk, Myra Kukiiyaut, Rachelle Lafond, Jim Logan, Kayley Mackay, Qavavau Manumie, Ohotaq Mikkigak, Lisa Myers, Nadia Myre, Marianne Nicolson, Lionel Peyachew, Tim Pitsiulak, Annie Pootoogook, Barry Pottle, Pitaloosie Saila and Tania Willard.

raise a flag presents selected works from a national heritage collection representing First Nations, Inuit and Métis art. Housed in Ottawa, managed by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the Indigenous Art Collection is one of the most important and comprehensive art collections of contemporary Indigenous art in Canada and beyond. In light of and in tandem with Canada’s 150 commemorations, raise a flag represents alternative discourses and uncovers missing narratives from the framework of a national identity. The works in raise a flag focus on recent acquisitions, obtained from 2000 to 2015, which chronicle recent significant national narratives reflecting upon Canadian heritage, diversity and collective memory.

 

Onsite Gallery
Onsite Gallery, located at 199 Richmond St. W., is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. On view at the gallery are two inaugural exhibitions in our new expanded space: raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000-2015) and For This Land: Inside Elemental.

 

Image credit: Lisa Myers, Blueprint, 2012. Serigraph on paper, 55.9 x 76.2 cm. Collection of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/117536528914584
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x265
Cost: 
Free
Lisa Myers, Blueprint, 2012. Serigraph on paper, 55.9 x 76.2 cm. Collection of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Stories from the Vault: 7th Annual Indigenous Visual Culture Symposium

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 2:00pm

Stories from the Vault: 7th Annual Indigenous Visual Culture Symposium
Sunday, September 17
2 to 5:30 p.m.

Free
Light refreshments available

Panelists: Barry Ace, David General, Rick Hill, Tom Hill, Barry Pottle, Ryan Rice
Moderated by: Linda Grussani
Welcome by: Elder Garry Sault, Mississaugas of New Credit

In conjunction with the exhibition, raise a flag: work from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000-2015), Indigenous Visual Culture at OCAD University and Onsite Gallery co-present the symposium, Stories From The Vault. The symposium will include a panel of former managers and curators of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada’s National Indigenous Art Collection who will speak of their experience in developing the collection, identify and speak of their favorite works and share unique stories to shed light on the national collection’s 50 year history.

Image: views of the Indigenous Art Centre's vault.
 

raise a flag is produced with the support of the Collection of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, courtesy of the Indigenous Art Centre/Collection des Affaires autochtones et du Nord Canada, courtoisie du Centre d'art autochtone; Our Children's Medicine program and HigherMe; the Canada Council for the Arts; the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council; the Indigenous Visual Culture Program at OCAD University; and, the Delaney Family Foundation.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond St. W. (Ground Floor)
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
Views of the Indigenous Art Centre's vault

Nuit Talk: Uncovering the TRUTH

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 7:00pm

Host: Samara Dauria, Communications & Press, H&M Canada
Moderator: Jessica Ford, Producer, VICE Canada
Artist: Brian Leitch aka "KWEST"

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Talk starts at 7 p.m.
 

Contemporary graffiti artist, Brian Leitch aka "KWEST" is known for his streamlined style. This self-taught carpenter, designer, builder and pillar in the fusion of graffiti and sculpture has been active in developing a unique and complex style of lettering for over twenty years. 

Brian Leitch aka "KWEST" explores his project TRUTH, his journey and artistic practice that argues the potential of something or someone that might otherwise be rejected or thrown away. 

Using recycled clothing from H&M’s Garment Collecting Initiative, TRUTH, reimagines discarded garments transformed into a work of art.

 

Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017: Many Possible Futures
Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017 will mark the milestone of Canada's 150th anniversary of confederation with the event-wide theme Many Possible Futures. Contributors to the 2017 edition of Nuit Blanche will focus on looking forward, placing both our differences and our solidarities at the very heart of their artistic discourse.  The curatorial focus of each of the exhibitions reflect on timely and relevant ideas: protest and social change; revolution and resistance; difference and acceptance; and cultural endurance and visibility through the lens of Indigenous creators.

Nuit Blanche at OCAD University
Indigenous survivance, urbanization and so much more are on the menu at OCAD University’s 2017 Nuit Blanche program, Tonight’s Special: Bannock, MilleFeuille and Berries. Curated by Cree Métis artist and curator Jason Baerg and historian, curator and OCAD U alumnus Tak Pham.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Auditorium: 100 McCaul St., Room 190
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
FREE
KWEST

Onsite Gallery Grand Opening & Street Party

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Onsite Gallery Grand Opening & Street Party
Saturday, September 16: noon to 6 p.m
Richmond St. W. between Duncan & Simcoe
FREE

On September 16, 2017 (noon to 6 p.m.), OCAD University will be holding a public Grand Opening of its newly expanded art gallery, Onsite Gallery. Onsite is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. To launch this new cultural space, we have a week of events culminating in a gallery grand opening and celebration on Richmond St. W. The street party will feature live performances and presentations by well-known Indigenous artists and remarks by political and community leaders (MP Adam Vaughan and Councilor Joe Cressy).

Acclaimed CBC host and arts reporter, Amanda Parris, will lead the afternoon’s events, which include onstage presentations and performances by:

  • DJ Classic Roots
  • Duke Redbird
  • Janet Rogers
  • Long Branch
  • Charlena Russell
  • Red Sky
  • Logan Staats

Save the date and join the celebration of the new Onsite Gallery

 

About Onsite Gallery
The new 8,000 square-foot location at 199 Richmond St. W. will house a state-of-the-art exhibition space and will reactivate the OCAD U collection. It will be a community hub serving the university and the general public, with the goal of fostering social and cultural transformations. Follow our photo blog to get a sneak peek of our progress!

Opening Exhibitions
We are excited to inaugurate the new Onsite Gallery with the following major exhibitions:

raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000 - 2015)
Curated by Ryan Rice, Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture, OCAD U

Featuring: Barry Ace, Sonny Assu, Carl Beam, Christi Belcourt, Rebecca Belmore, Christian Chapman, Dana Claxton, Ruth Cuthand, Wally Dion, David Garneau, Tanya Harnett, Faye HeavyShield, Greg A. Hill, Mark Igloliorte, Jimmy Iqaluq, Elisapee Ishulutaq, Alex Janvier, Piona Keyuakjuk, Myra Kukiiyaut, Rachelle Lafond, Jim Logan, Kayley Mackay, Qavavau Manumie, Ohotaq Mikkigak, Lisa Myers, Nadia Myre, Marianne Nicolson, Lionel Peyachew, Tim Pitsiulak, Annie Pootoogook, Barry Pottle, Pitaloosie Saila and Tania Willard.

For This Land: Inside Elemental
Presented with community partner imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Featuring: 2Ro Media: Jackson 2bears and Janet Rogers

Supporters

Onsite Gallery's Grand Opening & Street Party is produced with the support of Our Children's Medicine program and HigherMe.

Onsite Gallery gratefully acknowledges that the new gallery construction project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through a Section 37 agreement and Aspen Ridge Homes.

 

Photo of DJ Classic Roots by Ogichidaa Arts.

Venue & Address: 
199 Richmond St. W., Ground Floor
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000, Ext. 262
Cost: 
FREE
Photo of DJ Classic Roots by Ogichidaa Arts
sponsors

Nuit Blanche at OCAD U 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 7:00pm to Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 7:00am

Tonight’s Special: Bannock, Mille-Feuille and Berries
Curated by Jason Baerg and Tak Pham
Organized by Onsite Gallery

Featuring work by: Aylan Couchie, Carrie Gates, Jean-Sébastien Gauthier, Basia Goszczynska, Feather Metsch, Farrah-Marie Miranda, Caroline Monnet and Skawennati

Indigenous survivance, urbanization and so much more are on the menu at OCAD University’s 2017 Nuit Blanche program titled, Tonight’s Special: Bannock, MilleFeuille and Berries. Curated by Cree Métis artist and curator Jason Baerg and historian, curator and OCAD U alumnus Tak Pham.

Tonight’s Special draws inspiration from a range of cultural culinary pleasures – from the complex richness of a French mille-feuille pastry, to a hearty Indigenous buffalo stew. The program conjures complex discussions of Toronto’s varied cultures and histories reflected in our multicultural community.

Through new media experimentation and interactive engagements, the exhibiting artists aestheticize excessive synthetic materials to question our relationship to the surrounding environment. While the artworks are socio/enviro/political in nature, they are also colourful, pulsing and engaging.

This year’s Nuit Blanche program at OCAD University sprawls across the university’s expanded campus. Discover projects down the McCaul Street corridor, starting at Butterfield Park by the main building at 100 McCaul, and then head south towards the south campus on Richmond Street West alongside the university’s newly launched professional gallery.

Sites

  1. 100 McCaul St. - Butterfield Park
  2. 49 McCaul St.
  3. 240 Richmond St. W.
  4. 205 Richmond St. W. - Graduate Gallery
  5. 199 Richmond St. W. - Onsite Gallery
     

Curators

Cree Métis visual artist and curator Jason Baerg completed an MFA from Rutgers University and a BFA from Concordia University. Baerg has presented at the Luminato Festival, Art Toronto and Art Basel Miami.

Tak Pham is an architectural historian, curator and art writer. Pham holds a BA Hons. from Carleton University and MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice from OCAD University. He curated projects at OCAD U, Montgomery’s Inn, Art Toronto, Y+ Contemporary, Xpace Cultural Centre and Nuit Blanche 2017.

Artists

Aylan Couchie is an Anishinaabe multi-disciplinary artist and writer from Nipissing First Nation in Northern Ontario. She is a NSCAD University alumna and is currently an MFA Candidate at OCAD University where she is pursuing her graduate studies with a focus on Indigenous monument and public art. She’s been the recipient of several awards including “2015 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture” through the International Sculpture Center and the Inaugural Barbara Laronde Award from the Native Women in the Arts organization. Most recently, Aylan won the 2016 Premier’s Award in the Recent Graduate category.  

Carrie Gates’ video mixing works use sound-reactive 3D processing and unusual rhythmic juxtapositions to create throbbing, psychedelic, responsive compositions that add a new dimension of interaction and intrigue to any environment. Abstract digital imagery is mixed live with hand-shot, performance-art-influenced footage, to create a hypnotizing, bent reality that is infused with concepts of visual music, set in a glitched-out 3.0 fantasy realm. She has created tour visuals for artists such as Girl Talk and Nicky Click, as well as music videos for artists such as Venetian Snares, Annie Hall, and DJ Kero. Gates’ video work is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has played an active role in experimental electronic music communities and independent artist-run organizations since the mid-1990s.

Jean-Sébastien (JS) Gauthier is a Fransaskois sculptor and new media artist who adopts diverse forms of inquiry and experimentation to create time-based artworks. His work involves an interdisciplinary mix of technical and conceptual approaches from contemporary and traditional sculpture, video production, performance art, 3D rendering and scientific imagine technologies. This year, as artist-in-residence at the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology of the University of Saskatchewan and facilities of the Canadian Light Source Synchrotron in Saskatoon, he became the first Canadian artist to be granted synchrotron beam time with artistic inquiry and aesthetic experimentation as a primary objective. Dans la Mesure/Within Measure is the ongoing project whose resulting videos, installations and 3D models use cutting-edge 3D synchrotron radiation imaging techniques to create interactive representations of embryonic zebrafish. The first of its kind, his ongoing art-science collaboration with developmental biologist Dr. Brian Eames sets new precedents for the media arts in Canada.

Basia Goszczynska is a Polish-Canadian visual artist who explores her interests in ecology and material culture through a variety of media including sculpture, video and installation. Her work has screened at numerous film festivals including the Nantucket Film Festival, the Brooklyn Film Festival, and the Uppsala International Short Film Festival. She received an Arts Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and has had her work recognized by Dave Bown Projects and BWAC. Basia received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. 

Farrah-Marie Miranda is an Abu-Dhabi born, Toronto-based artist of Goan and Mangalorean descent. She holds a Master of Environmental Studies from York University (2017), and has studied under performance scholar and feminist theatre director, Honor Ford-Smith. Miranda has exhibited at Artcite Inc. (Windsor), the Surrey Art Gallery (British Columbia), Astérides (Marseille), and Whippersnapper Gallery (Toronto). Her writing appears in several publications, including In the Wake of the Komagata Maru: Transpacific Migration, Race and Contemporary Art, VOZ-À-VOZ, Decolonization, Indigeneity & Society, Border Criminologies, Rabble and FUSE Magazine. 

Caroline Monnet is a multidisciplinary artist from the Outaouais region, currently living in Montreal. She works in film, video, painting, sculpture and installation, and is a founding member of the Indigenous digital arts collective ITWÉ. Monnet’s work has appeared in a number of exhibitions and festivals in Canada, the United States, France, Germany, the UK, Mexico and New Zealand, including the Palais de Tokyo, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the Toronto International Film Festival, Aesthetica, the Cannes Film Festival, the Smithsonian Institute, the Sundance Film Festival, the Musée d’art contemporain (Montréal) and Arsenal Contemporary Art (Montréal).  

Skawennati makes art that addresses history, the future, and change.  Her pioneering new media projects have been widely presented across Turtle Island in major exhibitions such as Now? NOW! at Denver’s Biennial of the Americas; and Looking Forward (L’Avenir) at the Montreal Biennale. Her award-winning work in is included in both public and private collections. 

Born in Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, Skawennati graduated with a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, where she is based. She is Co-Director of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), a research network of artists and academics who investigate and create Indigenous virtual environments. Their Skins workshops in Aboriginal Storytelling and Experimental Digital Media are aimed at empowering youth. In 2015 they launched IIF, the Initiative for Indigenous Futures.

 

Support

Nuit Blanche at OCAD U is organized by Onsite Gallery with support from Hullmark, WeWork, OCAD U Graduate Studies and OCAD U Student Union.

 

Image credit: Carrie Gates, Mountain Glitchery, 2015. Video still.

Venue & Address: 
Multiple venues across the OCAD U campus
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
Cost: 
FREE
Carrie Gates, Mountain Glitchery, 2015.
supporters

Hiring Onsite Gallery Student Monitors!

Onsite Gallery is hiring Student Monitors for the Fall term. Deadline for applications is July 16, 2017.

Hiring Onsite Gallery Student Monitors!

Onsite Gallery
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 9:45am

Onsite Gallery is OCAD University’s professional gallery and experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Fostering social and cultural transformations, Onsite serves the OCAD U community and the general public. 

A completely new Onsite Gallery will open in September 2017 at the centre of OCAD University's Creative City Campus. The expanded Onsite Gallery will be a stunning 8,000 square-foot space located at 199 Richmond St. W. and will be downtown Toronto's most talked-about contemporary art and design space. 

Reporting to the Programs Coordinator, Onsite Gallery, the Onsite Gallery Student Monitor serves as front-line staff welcoming and informing visitors about exhibitions and public events, supervises galleries and engages with visitors. 

 
The Onsite Gallery Student Monitor will

  • Greet visitors as they enter the gallery and provide information on present and upcoming exhibitions, public events and general gallery and OCAD U information. 
  • Supervise the entrance and all areas of the exhibitions to enhance visitor experience, encourage conversation and engagement and enforce gallery rules and etiquette.
  • Research the exhibiting artists/designers and exhibition themes, prepare and lead thoughtful tours and maintain a comprehensive understanding of the artists/designers and themes in the exhibition to facilitate discussion and meaningful engagement with viewers. 
  • Track daily attendance and encourage the recording of email addresses for Onsite Gallery's e-newsletter database, so patrons are aware of upcoming exhibitions and events. 
  • Ensure all exhibition elements are in proper working order and front reception and gallery areas are clean/tidy. Examine the exhibitions daily to identify if maintenance is needed on artworks, perform corrective action (as appropriate) and notify other staff as needed. 
  • Perform administrative tasks including writing reports related to gallery attendance and audience response. Replenishes gallery material, such as exhibition brochures, at the front desk and other areas as needed. 
  • Perform opening and closing duties including: turning on and off the works in the exhibition, keeping front reception tidy and locking all doors. 
  • Provide staffing assistance for all public programs and events, such as the opening reception, where duties may include: setup and takedown of chairs and tables, serving food, selling drinks and taking photographs. 
  • Assist with installation and de-installation of exhibitions, as needed, which may include: light lifting and moving of objects, installing hanging material, moving plinths, patch/repair and paint walls and hanging wall labels. 
  • Attend Student Monitor orientation meeting prior to the opening of an exhibition, and any other meetings as called by the Programs Coordinator or Curator.  
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Programs Coordinator and senior management. 

Requirements

  • Currently enrolled as an OCAD University student 
  • Interest in contemporary art and design 
  • Comfortable in a public speaking role 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills 
  • Ability to work under general direction and in a team environment 
  • Strong interpersonal skills; enjoy working with the public 
  • Must be able to work flexible hours for public event shifts 

Assets

  • Ability to operate audio/visual and office equipment 
  • Knowledge and comfort using social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr) to assist with Onsite Gallery's digital presence and promotion 
  • Smart Serve certified 

 
Duration: early September until December 11, 2017, with possibility of renewing for the following exhibition period 

Rate of pay: $12.43/hour - plus 4% in lieu of vacation and 8% in lieu of benefits

Schedule: 1-3 regular weekly shifts to be determined, resulting in between 7.25-19.25 hours/week, depending on availability 

Vacancies: 3-4 regular Student Monitor positions; 2-3 Student Monitors for special event assistance and on an as-needed basis 

Please submit the following to Linda Columbus, Programs Coordinator, at lcolumbus@ocadu.ca:

  • a cover letter
  • resume
  • if applicable, your IWSP eligibility confirmation for the Fall 2017 semester

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., July 16, 2017.

As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

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